TV.com's Swell-o-vision vs. Hell-o-vision (January 21)

Is it just us, or was this week the best week of TV ever? Oh, it was just us? Well, you have to admit it was at least pretty good. Top 100 for sure. Here's what we thought was good and bad on the tube this week.


SWELL


President Obama sends Betty White a birthday message

That Romney dude would have made her do 90 tequila shots.



Raylan Givens' tablecloth trick on Justified

Not only will Kentucky's handsomest Marshal out-sexy you, he'll outfox you, too. Here's a tip for all of Harlan County's dregs: if you have a clear shot on Raylan, take it. Now is not the time for games.



Virgin America announces that Philly will be its next destination...

...with a little help from It's Always Sunny's mascot



The Secret Circle nails the flashback

The little-sister show of flashback-heavy The Vampire Diaries finally took the plunge into backflash territory this week and absolutely nailed it. In what was certainly one of the series' best episodes yet, we learned a ton of important backstory, and a so-far discussed-but-unseen character got a thoroughly badass introduction.



Jack's response to Liz's new boyfriend on 30 Rock

We especially loved the scene where he appeared "inside her head" and went through Criss's wallet, but it's not on YouTube and we know how much some of ya'll hate Hulu...



The Big Bang Theory's 100th episode

In all it was a pretty normal episode, but we loved how Penny and Leonard likened their rekindled romance to software: "We'll test it out internally, and if it works, we'll release it to the public."



William Macy and Felicity Huffman's musical Golden Globes intro

This charming two-part harmony from the second-coolest couple in the room (Brad and Angelina are always number one) was sweet, funny, and most importantly, short. Loved it, love them.



Charlize Theron's guest-judge appearance on Top Chef

Not only was the theme pretty awesome (gothic cuisine!), but everything tastes better when one of Hollywood's hottest starlets is at the table. It helps that Charlize herself gave great critiques, was funny, and just seems like a cool person to be around.



Angry Boys gets emotional

While the first five episodes of Chris Lilley's ambitious HBO mockumentary series may have relied a little too heavily on scatalogical humor, Episode 6 took each of his three plotlines into heavier territory, including a heartbreaking scene where Gran finally got her troubled, mute, inmate to speak out loud. Lilley's ability to make us care for his cartoonish characters truly sets him apart from other wig-clad performers.


HELL


Jeopardy! saying this guy was wrong

Next thing you know, the Jeopardy! trivia writers will say a Rusty Trombone is just an old instrument and a Chili Dog is merely a hot dog covered in beans.



Mark Wahlberg's terrorists on a plane comments

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Well, we all knew he had an ego the size of a Calvin Klein billboard poster, but is the kid who used to rap in his tighty-whiteys really in a position to say he would have gone Air Force One on the bad guys? Maybe if it was Harrison Ford, we'd believe him.



The Bachelor goes skiing in San Francisco

Ben took his stable of hos skiing in the Hilly City, much to the horror of its residents. And wouldn't you know it, the ladies just happened to be wearing bikinis. They landed hard, they messed up traffic, and they probably got sunburnt. And they had to do it sober!



The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Kim Richards showed up to the premiere in her own private hell of pills, lip gloss, and a pregnancy scare

(Although seriously, what is she, 98? She looks like a photograph of a hard-bitten woman fleeing the Dust Bowl + a Miss Piggy wig.)



The Office's pool party episode

What it lacked in literal shark-jumping it more than made up for in Brian Baumgartner's hairy back.


What made your list of TV loves and hates this week?

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Hell: Chuck.
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Hell: Watching the office just makes me sad, it would have been nice if they had bowed out with dignity rather than this depressing decline in quality.
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I know will they ever end it before it completely implodes?
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Swell: Parks and Rec - Andy giving himself a mild concussion by sneezing and hitting his head.
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Hell: RIP Megaupload.
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Swell: Dean in a 1940's suit on Supernatural. More please!
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Just Raylan bein' Raylan! LOL Gotta LOVE this show and Timothy Olyphant!
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Have to agree with KingsX regarding Tyler's singing of our National Anthem...now we know WHY he's a judge and not performing! ICK ICK ICK!!! A definite prime candidate for Hell-O-Vision next week!!!!
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Love this Raylan's trick on Justified! ;)
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I've never seen Justified but just might watch it now after that trick.
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I would like to nominate a Hell for next week's list: Steve Tyler singing the Star Spangled Banner before the Ravens vs. Patriots in the AFC championship game. I turned to the channel right after he started singing, they had the cameras on the football players at the time so I didn't know who it was, but when I heard the singing I was think "Oh no..."
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Swell: Parks and Rec - "Bobby Newport's never had a real job in his life."
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Swell: "The Big Bang Theory, " "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Once Upon a Time"

Hell: No "Rules of Engagement"
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Swell: Happy Endings interveention and blackass
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Swell: From Fringe:

Lincoln: "I lost a partner!"

Peter: "I lost a universe!"
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Swell: Fringe's interdimensional war council on the "The Jonas Problem" with everyone sitting across from themselves, plus the scene with prime Walter and alt Elizabeth, plus Oh, you know what? Fringe in general
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Swell: Fringe's "We're in the wrong universe!"
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Hey, Office wasn't that bad. And as a fellow hairy man, that was NOTHING. Glad I started watching Angry Boys on Demand, even more so that I skipped the description. Catching up soon. The Macy/Huffman bit was great! But really, I still can't believe that gorgeous mane is on William H. "I'm usually a nice guy" Macy. Almost puts my hair to shame. The hair on my head. Hell: No Community.
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Swell: "Her hoarding's been really hard on me, especially since I'm addicted to eating magazines."

Hell: No Community
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I was hoping this week episode of Big Bang would make it on the Swell ist, I just love Leonard and Penny together. Although, Hell: No Community.
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Two additional hells: The flap over the baby dropping an f-bomb on Modern Family (apparently no one working for the group protesting is mature enough to have seen The Bill Cosby Show with cursing bleeped with Road Runner sounds) and four people coming upon a collapsed man and none of them apparently noticing the smell of alcohol in a room with someone who's not supposed to have any (a big hole in an otherwise interesting episode of The Mentalist).
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Swell: The Office (I love Robert California), No Community

Hell: the scene with Jack in Liz's head was horrible to sit through.
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That's a little cruel to say having no Community is a good thing
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I watch Jeopardy all the time and I'm ashamed to say, when I saw that clue the first thing I thought of was the same thing, but I didn't know the true meaning. Yikes.

I agree the William H. Macy/ Felicity Huffman moment was the most charming moment of the GG. I loved it.
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Swell: Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, Revenge, Criminal Minds Zodiac episode, Modern Family actually made me laugh this week

Hell: no community, the impending doom of Catherine leaving CSI even though I liked the episode. I will miss her so much!
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Angry boys rock! And ANY reality show dont!
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Hell: No Community

Hell: No Community

I know I'm fairly new on this bandwagon but seriously NBC, can you not sacrifice a show that you know is going to be god awful, for a show that you know critics will love and a constant stream of awesome people will watch? It's just simple economics.
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angelina and brad are always the coolest couple in the room? puh-leease. who wrote that? i want a name so i know whose credibility was just lost!
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Swell: The Big Bang Theory (didn't realize it was the 100th episode), particularly Howard and Raj's Bart and Lisa Simpson moment; the meeting with Paul Rudd's character on Parks and Recreation. Hell: The ham-fisted Subway sandwich commercial inserted inside the Hawaii Five-O episode; the media reaction to Newt Gingrich's railing against the media as if that wasn't a set-up by CNN.
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Swell: both 30 Rock instances were Jack/Liz interactions at their best. Pure genius.

Hell: It was Brian Baumgartner's heaving breasts that was the real hell.
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Hell NO COMMUNITY (and yes I will say the same thing every week until its back), Swell Andy/April on P&R, Secret Circle flashbacks and Elijah is back on VD!
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I thought the changes to the HIMYM opening sequence throughout the episode was swell.



Also, it was swell how Happy Endings ended their episode about Dave's inter-vee-ntion with a freeze frame and caption of how Dave relapsed. Great episode all-around.
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I really feel Happy Endings can be another Community. I think it has the writing and the actors present it well. And who knew Elisha Cuthbert could be so funny.



And Hell: No Community, Are you there, Chelsea and Whitney are still on the air.
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Agree about Happy Endings; lately I've been feeling like it's a kid sister to Community that might grow up to follow in its older sibling's footsteps.
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Maybe, save for the whole run by an idiotic network who benches it for something not even 1/100 as entertaining.
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Hell: once again, no community
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i quite liked the office episode. hmm
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Jeopardy is a family show. And there's a lot that of people who aren't perverts. I had to look up the term myself.



And it's not about hating Hulu, it's just not being able to access it outside the US.

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Yes, it is a family show, but that doesn't make his answer less correct. I assume more people have heard of a donkey punch than have heard of a rabbit punch. Everyone's seen perversion on the Internet, but very few people relative to that are wrestling fans. They should have just not used the clue at all.
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Haha, the flashback in The Secret Circle was awesome and the episode was very entertaining!
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Swell: On Raising Hope, Burt wearing a t-shirt that says "I'd Rather Be in Virginia." (His wife's name is Virginia)
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Haha that episode is on my DVR. I gotta play catch-up this weekend!
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Swell: FRINGE - BEST EPISODE EVER
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